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BNI – 18 months later   Leave a comment

Today was my final day as an official, full-time member of BNI Optimum.  It wasn’t a sad day – after all, I’m sure I’ll still be seeing and talking to them, perhaps as a substitute for another BNI member.  Heck, I could be asked to fill in next month, for all I know.  I also plan on doing my best to refer business to them, as well as using several of their services myself.  So if you’ve ever read my blog or newsletter before, and “heard” me mention BNI before… well, I’ll still do that.

The reason I left (no, they didn’t kick me out) was simply a matter of time.  Time I wasn’t able to devote to the weekly meetings, and time I wasn’t using to seek qualified referrals for my chaptermates.  My travel schedule with Stagewest, representing the company at tradeshows and travelling to the various properties, can be a bit intense.  I’m not complaining – it’s part of the job, and I get to meet lots of people.  However, it’s really hurt my attendance record, too.  For the past few months, I’ve been lucky if I’ve been able to make three out of five BNI meetings.  And that won’t cut it.

One of the principles of growing one’s business in BNI is known as VCP: visibilty, credibility, profitability.  Attendance is key – show up every week, and you won’t be forgotten.  You’ll be able to network with like-minded businesspeople, tell them what you do, teach them, answer their questions, and ask them what you can do to help them.  This helps build your credibility with the group, which in turn will help your profitability.  It’s a process.

What happens if you miss meetings?  You’re not top-of-mind, and you’re not showing the level of commitment that the other members of the chapter are… and if that’s the case, why should you expect your hard-working colleagues to refer business to you?

I’ll continue to look for business for the ol’ gang.  Over the last 18 months, I’ve made many friends; though that’s not the reason one should enter BNI, seeking to make friends, it certainly is a great benefit.  Naturally, I’m biased, but BNI Optimum is the best chapter in Calgary.  The members made it fun to go there.  It wasn’t a chore, nor was it a necessary evil of drumming up sales.  It never felt like work.  I won’t name names, because I don’t want to single anyone out or risk forgetting anybody, but if any of you are reading this, thank you for helping me every single week.

But it’s not good-bye.  I’m not going anywhere… I just can’t be there every Thursday anymore.  Hell, after all of the mental capital I’ve invested these 18 months, I’m certainly not taking you off any of my mailing lists!

If you need me, just call or write.  I’ll still do BBIs, even if they aren’t official BBIs.

Thanks again, and keep up the good work.

Today was my final day as an official, full-time member of BNI Optimum.  It wasn’t a sad day – after all, I’m sure I’ll still be seeing and talking to them, perhaps as a substitute for another BNI member.  Heck, I could be asked to fill in next month, for all I know.  I also plan on doing my best to refer business to them, as well as using several of their services myself.  So if you’ve ever read my blog or newsletter before, and “heard” me mention BNI before… well, I’ll still do that.

The reason I left (no, they didn’t kick me out) was simply a matter of time.  Time I wasn’t able to devote to the weekly meetings, and time I wasn’t using to seek qualified referrals for my chaptermates.  My travel schedule with Stagewest, representing the company at tradeshows and travelling to the various properties, can be a bit intense.  I’m not complaining – it’s part of the job, and I get to meet lots of people.  However, it’s really hurt my attendance record, too.  For the past few months, I’ve been lucky if I’ve been able to make three out of five BNI meetings.  And that won’t cut it.

One of the principles of growing one’s business in BNI is known as VCP: visibilty, credibility, profitability.  Attendance is key – show up every week, and you won’t be forgotten.  You’ll be able to network with like-minded businesspeople, tell them what you do, teach them, answer their questions, and ask them what you can do to help them.  This helps build your credibility with the group, which in turn will help your profitability.  It’s a process.

What happens if you miss meetings?  You’re not top-of-mind, and you’re not showing the level of commitment that the other members of the chapter are… and if that’s the case, why should you expect your hard-working colleagues to refer business to you?

I’ll continue to look for business for the ol’ gang.  Over the last 18 months, I’ve made many friends; though that’s not the reason one should enter BNI, seeking to make friends, it certainly is a great benefit.  Naturally, I’m biased, but BNI Optimum is the best chapter in Calgary.  The members made it fun to go there.  It wasn’t a chore, nor was it a necessary evil of drumming up sales.  It never felt like work.  I won’t name names, because I don’t want to single anyone out or risk forgetting anybody, but if any of you are reading this, thank you for helping me every single week.

But it’s not good-bye.  I’m not going anywhere… I just can’t be there every Thursday anymore.  Hell, after all of the mental capital I’ve invested these 18 months, I’m certainly not taking you off any of my mailing lists!

If you need me, just call or write.  I’ll still do BBIs, even if they aren’t official BBIs.  Those who know me well can remember what I think the first B really stands for.

Thanks again, and keep up the good work.

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Posted May 25, 2012 by JasonMacAskill in Uncategorized

The new newsletter… hitting newstands now!   Leave a comment

It was a long time coming, but I finished off the MacAskill Monthly Mailer tonight.  If you’re interested in learning about Belterra land seminars, Nakoda Lodge, the Stage West Calgary 2012-13 season, my Pinterest board – and much more! – give my newsletter a read, OK?  Your feedback is always welcome.

Here’s the link ; it’s hard to cut and paste and cram into my Posterous space.  Hope you click it, hope you like it.

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Posted May 23, 2012 by JasonMacAskill in Uncategorized

If you only go to ONE presentation on land investment this month… make it this one!   Leave a comment

A quick blog, as I realize I have a lot of prep work to do in getting my monthly mailer out soon.  And yes, I’m fully aware it hasn’t been that monthly lately, but it’s a matter of priorities, folks.

I recently received this invitation in my inbox – if you’re interested in attending, let me know.  You can also call or write Chris Artibello – the more the merrier.

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YOU’RE INVITED!

Belterra Land Company invites you to attend an information session on the principles of land-based real estate investments and our current project in Red Deer, Alberta.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
#404, 2303 4th Street SW
(in Mission)

6:00 p.m. Refreshments
6:30 p.m. Presentation

Please RSVP to Chris Artibello at 403.670.9166 or email chris@belterraland.com

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Posted May 17, 2012 by JasonMacAskill in Uncategorized

What a week… the 2012 Southern Alberta Petroleum Show   Leave a comment

But first, here’s my quick review for Avengers.  Awesome.  Go see it.

Here’s a little background on the Petroleum Show.  The 2012 edition of the show, held in Medicine Hat, was the fourth of its kind – it’s a bi-annual event.  It takes months of hard work, organization, collaboration, delegation, and communication.  Lots of -ation words.  It also takes a little bit of luck, as many of the exhibitors have outdoor booths, and good weather makes for a better show.  If any of this year’s exhibitors are reading thus far, thank you very much for your support and patronage.

Like I said, lots of hard work.  Lots of phone calls to companies in the oil and gas industry, asking for exhibitors and sponsorship, and lots of calls to local businesses securing everything necessary for the show.  Not just me, but a lot of other people were on the case – the Chamber of Commerce, the Stagewest gang, and a few more.  There’s not much to elaborate on here…. suffice to say, hundreds of businesses were contacted, and the show began to take shape.

I arrived in Medicine Hat on a Friday evening, and from that point on, time and dates pretty much became a blur.  A couple of exhibitors began moving in over the weekend, but not many.  We allowed exhibitors to start moving in on Sunday, but not many did.  I wish more had, as it would have made the move-in for the rest of them – and for us – much easier.  Not that it was problematic, but it seemed like they all arrived Monday.  It was a long day.

The golf tournament also took place on Monday.  I wasn’t there, but I heard it went off with nary a hitch.  The weather was amazing, the players got sun-burnt, and the course is still standing.

On Tuesday, the show officially started.  The exhibitors were ready to go, networking with their fellow industry mates and talking with the attendees.  I don’t want to pick favorites, but there were several outstanding booths, both inside and out.  The beer gardens were hopping, the sun was shining, and we were all busy.  Registration, logistics, food and beverage, you name it – everyone had a task, and I feel fairly confident, speaking for the team, that it was a tough but rewarding day.

The Medicine Hat Lodge also hosted the lobster dinner that evening.  Many lobsters were sacrificed for the cause – and again, a good time was had by all.

Wednesday was the second and final day of the show.  Personally speaking, it seemed a bit more relaxed – or maybe, by this point, I was just mentally drained.  I was exhausted, and I wasn’t alone.  We all were.  When the doors closed at the Cypress Centre each night, we didn’t just leave and do whatever we felt like doing.  There were things to do every night, and things to attend to for the next day.  Like I mentioned above, the days were mixing and squishing into one another.

Move-out started at 4:01, and I anticipated being there for several hours that night, as well as many more hours on Thursday.  Au contraire.  The guys that do these shows are real pros – I think there were only four or five booths left on-site by night’s end.  They packed up and got back to work in a hurry.

And then it rained late that night and into the morning.

We got out just in time.

Thursday was a smorgasbord of activity.  Double-checking the Cypress Centre, returning product to sponsors, sorting out the “office” and determining what materials were going and what was staying at the Chamber… ah, good times.  I’m sure an “official” debrief is coming soon, and we’ll put our heads back together and figure out how to make the next show even better.  Until then, however… it’s back to Stagewest work… and not a moment too soon.

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

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Posted May 14, 2012 by JasonMacAskill in Uncategorized

I feel a lot manlier now…   Leave a comment

The “Expendables 2” trailer came out today.  Stallone, Willis, Schwartzenegger, Statham, Van Damme, Norris… what else do you need to hear?

(Should IGN.com ask me to take this down, I will, and right away.  But it’s so damn good, it’s worth sharing.)

http://www.ign.com/videos/2012/05/03/expendables-2-trailer-2

Posted May 3, 2012 by JasonMacAskill in Uncategorized